Social Science and Religion Network- Events




Check back the first week of class for details about the January SSRN event with Professor Jonathan Calvillo!


January 30, 2017, 4:00pm
School of Theology, Rm. 325





Monday, January 23, 2017, 12:00pm
“Pardee Faculty Book Talk: Professor Betty Anderson”
152 Bay State Rd.
Betty Anderson, Associate Professor of History, Director, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations
Join us for a book talk with Prof. Anderson, author of “A History of the Modern Middle East: Rulers, Rogues, and Rebels.” A History of the Modern Middle East offers a comprehensive assessment of the region, stretching from the fourteenth century and the founding of the Ottoman and Safavid empires through to the present-day protests and upheavals. Enriched by the perspectives of workers and professionals; urban merchants and provincial notables; slaves, students, women, and peasants, as well as political leaders, the book maps the complex social interrelationships and provides a pivotal understanding of the shifting shapes of governance and trajectories of social change in the Middle East.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4:00pm
“Material Religion and Indigenous Christianity in Latin America”
CAS B18, 725 Commonwealth Ave.
Jennifer Scheper Hughes, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Riverside


Thursday, February 2, 2017, 12:00pm
“Europe, Religion, Integration: A Lecture with Olivier Roy”
121 Bay State Rd. 
Olivier Roy is Professor of Social and Political Theory at the European University Institute, a Senior Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (since 1985). and a professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (since 2003). He headed the OSCE’s Mission for Tajikistan (1993-94) and was a Consultant for the UN Office of the Coordinator for Afghanistan (1988). His field works include Political Islam, Middle East, Islam in the West and comparative religions.

Olivier Roy Roy is the author of, among other books, Globalized Islam (Chicago University Press, 2004), and Holy Ignorance (Oxford University Press, 2010). His last book is “En Quête de l’Orient perdu” (Seuil, 2014).


February 7, 2017, 5:00pm
“Letters to a Jewish Muse: The Life of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov as Literature and History”
Elie Wiesel Jewish Studies Center
Maxim D. Shrayer, Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College
The captivating story of Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) and Véra Nabokov (née Slonim, 1902-1991)—a story of love, marriage and mutual enrichment—begins in Berlin in the early 1920s and unfolds on two continents and in five languages. In his lecture the Russian-American author and scholar Maxim D. Shrayer will discuss key questions of Jewish, Russian, and American history and literature. Based on archival materials, Shrayer’s lecture will focus on dynamics of mixed marriages and boundaries of modern Jewish culture. 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4:00pm
“Islam and Identity in Indonesia: The shifting role of Arabic names in Java”
154 Bay State Rd., Elits Room
Joel C. Kuipers, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences


Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:00pm
“Reframing Hospitality – a leap from law to ethics”
121 Bay State Rd.
Mona Siddiqui, University of Edinburgh Divinity School


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 12:30pm
“Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Mission to China”
Eugenio Menegon, Associate Professor of History
Prof. Menegon will speak about the cultural and religious exchanges among Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century, using clothing fashion–for example–as a way to understand how these interactions shaped the various actors.


Monday, February 27, 2017, 12:20pm
“Rioting Through Religion: Spirituality and Activism in Free French Brazzaville: 1940-1944”
Danielle Sanchez, Assistant Professor of African History, Muhlenberg College
Join us as we continue the 39th year of the Walter Rodney Seminar Series, every Monday at noon at the African Studies Center. Presenters represent the interdisciplinary nature of African Studies at BU and always lead to active and engaging discussions.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 4:00pm
“Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa”
121 Bay State Rd.
Paul Gifford, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, will be discussing his newest book, Christianity, Development, and Modernity in Africa (Oxford 2016)


Thursday, March 16, 2017, 3:30pm
“Japanese Christianity in the Age of Imperialism”
STH 441
Nelson Jennings, a scholar of early modern Japanese Christianity, will explain the interaction between Japanese Christian theology and Japanese modernization at the turn of the twentieth century.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 4:00pm
“Potentiality, Tragedy and the Precarious Good Life”
232 Bay State Rd. African Studies Conference Room 505
Cheryl Mattingly, Professor of Anthropology and the Division of Occupational Science and Therapy, University of Southern California 


Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:30pm
“Religious Diversity Among Indian Americans” 
STH 325
The earliest immigrants to the United States from India hailed from the most privileged sectors of one of the most religiously and culturally diverse societies in the world. Today’s Indian-Americans, reflecting more recent immigration patterns, are a cross-section of the rich plurality of their motherland…



Institute on Culture Religion & World Affairs Lecture Series

Center for Global Christianity and Mission

The Institute for Philosophy & Religion Lecture Series

Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

Graduate Division of Religious Studies



Research, Funding, and Job Opportunities

For more information, contact Prof. Nancy Ammerman.